Keep Fenders Clean and Scratch-Free While You Work!

Whether you’re a professional mechanic or an at-home auto enthusiast, you know how important it is to keep things clean and organized. At least as much as possible anyway. And when you’re working under the hood, things can get messy. That’s why Harbor Freight Tools has you (and your fender) covered with the heavy duty Fender Cover Work Mat. With this handy accessory draped over your fender and work area, you’ll not only keep grease and oil off your vehicle but scratches too. And at just $9.99 each, you won’t be spending a lot of scratch to get it!

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This tough, durable mat fits right over your fender and stays put for as long as you need it to with four covered magnets.  And the vinyl surface is simple to clean and wipe so there’s no lingering mess.  The underside is made of nylon to improve longevity and makes this excellent fender cover mat a must-have accessory for any auto worker! Just see what one satisfied customer has to say:

“If you do any under hood work on cars or trucks this is a lifesaver. Stop from accidental scratches or spilling chemicals (like brake fluid or coolant) on the finish of your car or truck while working on them to save money. Plus, with this cover you won’t scratch the car with your belt buckle or tools that drop. Work better with more confidence w/o worrying about the finish of the car.” – by Big Bad Dad from Bellingham, WA

Obviously Big Bad Dad loves his cars. And for anyone else who loves cars, you want to keep them damage free and clean, even while you’re repairing them. So don’t leave the smoothness of your car’s finish up to chance! Pick up a Fender Cover Work Mat from Harbor Freight and keep your work area clean!

THE LATEST FAD WITH TEENAGERS—SANDBLASTING!

Pressurized Abrasive BlasterIn a recent unsubstantiated report, unsupported facts reveal that the latest fad among teenagers is—sandblasting. Ginger P. from Arlee, Montana commented “I just got like so tired of planking and that video ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ I don’t think foxes really sound like that. But like whatever, who cares. What really gets me upset are people who are mean to animals and rusted metal parts. I can’t change people’s hearts when it comes to dogs and howler monkeys and stuff but I can load up the Pressurized Abrasive Blaster from Harbor Freight Tools with some sweet abrasive media and get rid of rust!”

Ginger went on to talk about how her popularity has really grown in high school since she started in with auto paint removal as well using the Pressurized Abrasive Blaster. “I was voted prom queen and I’m dating the captain of the football team. I think he’s just dating me for my Pressurized Abrasive Blaster but like who cares, he’s so cute! OMG, like the Pressurized Abrasive Blaster is the best!” When asked what made it the best, Ginger commented:

“Like the media hopper for up to 1.3 hour working time with standard media and tip.”

Like the pressurized tank that moves abrasives at 80 to 90 percent of air speed.”

Like the water trap that removes moisture to prevent clogging.

Like the nozzle end shutoff valve for safety.

And like the 6 in. rubber wheels!”

In additional to popular teens, do-it-yourselfers and contractors can all enjoy the Pressurized Abrasive Blaster when used with an air compressor (sold separately).  “LOL, like he forgot to tell you it can be used with the Blast Cabinet also sold separately! Like go to one of 500 Harbor Freight stores nationwide to get the Pressurized Abrasive Blaster and then like u and me can be BFFs!!!”

Pressurized Abrasive Blaster
Central Pneumatic – item#60696

A Versatile Storage Container to Organize Any Trunk!

You don’t have to be a professional contractor or even a home handyman to take full advantage of the Trunk Organizer from Harbor Freight Tools.  Sure, it’s got large compartments and convenient side pockets to hold your tools, but this is a versatile item that will serve a variety of purposes for the whole family.  If this tough organizer isn’t packed full of tools, then it’s safely holding groceries, or drinks and snacks for the big picnic, or towels and sunscreen for a day at the beach!  Whatever the case may be, this is sure to be your go-to case for storing a vast array of items.

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Whatever you happen to have stored in the Trunk Organizer will sit safely while you drive, thanks to non-slip pads.  This way, you know your supplies, tools, or other materials won’t shift and won’t be damaged during transportation.  And when the tool case isn’t in use, it easily folds down to be conveniently stored away until it’s needed.  Lightweight and durable, you just might need to get an extra one for the family.  Otherwise, they’ll constantly be asking to borrow it.  And who needs the hassle?  Not you.  That’s why you’re getting the Trunk Organizer in the first place.

“These things were really a bargain. Bought 2 to put in the back of my 2012 GMC Terrain and I couldn’t be happier. Great for keeping those bags of groceries and other loose items from rolling around. They fold up nicely, and compact if you need to put bigger items in the back. Don’t go spend a fortune at other places, buy these. I plan on getting 1 or 2 more for my wife’s car trunk.” – by Carl from Springfield, MO

“I wanted something to keep my Subaru Outback’s rear space organized. I found these and took a chance. I bought two and couldn’t be happier. I use one for all my usual storage (first aid kit, wipes, tarp, etc.) and then I keep the other folded for use when I go shopping. They are great for keeping groceries in place. Nice grips on the bottom keep them from sliding. These are well-made and can be carried when full.” – by JJ from Connecticut

“These things are great! I bought one to keep in the trunk of my wife’s car and by now we’ve bought 3 of them…” – by Pete from San Antonio, TX

As you can see from these fan reviews, these Trunk Organizers are kindof like Lays potato chips; you can’t have just one.  Once you see how useful these storage containers are (and affordable at just $10.00 each), you’ll want to pick up a couple extra for additional tasks.  Keep items from sliding, spilling, breaking, or leaking with this tough and durable Trunk Organizer!

THE FOURTH OF JULY—A TIME TO BE REFLECTIVE…

2 in. x 12 in. Red and White Reflective Strips, 10 PcJuly 4th is quickly approaching. Another birthday for America—and as we all grow older, an opportunity to be reflective, literally and figuratively. It’s a time to reflect on our potentially obstinate delusion of a patriotic milieu that engages in an overbearing hubris that identifies antidisestablishmentarianism as a floccinaucinihilipilification. How does that translate to you personally? Well, if you were a humuhumunukunukuapua’a, you’d never survive in an aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic fish tank. Figuratively speaking of course.

Literally speaking, check out the 10-Piece, 2 in. x 12 in. Red and White Reflective Strips from Harbor Freight Tools. The and red and white reflective tape is perfect for marking mailboxes, loading docks, fences, barriers and Uncle Ed when he’s passed out in the driveway after one-too-many red, white and blue margaritas at the family 4th of July picnic. The strips feature a high visibility diamond-shaped pattern, reflective acrylic and micro-glass beads, weather resistant backing, and if that isn’t enough to warm your heart, the reflective strips comply with FMUSS 108 55.7.1 and ASTM D495-90 standards. Compare that to competitors who charge a fortune for reflective strips that aren’t even FMUSS 108 55.7.1 and ASTM D495-90able!

Literally speaking, visit one of 500 Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide to get the 10-Piece 2 in. x 12 in. Red and White Reflective Strips at a ridiculously low price. Figuratively speaking, you are a one-winged quail of mystification.

2 in. x 12 in. Red and White Reflective Strips, 10 Pc
Item#: 97562

Dig This Towable Ride-On Trencher

Digging a trench is heavy duty work!  Which is why you need a heavy duty tool to get the job done right.  Enter the Towable Ride-On Trencher from Harbor Freight Tools.  This machine lets you dig trenches up to 8 feet deep with ease and quickness. And with the attached padded seat, you’ll do it in comfort too.  Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a veteran do-it-yourselfer, this trencher is a workhorse that will save you time, money and hassle by providing reliable results and pinpoint accuracy. image_18941 The sheer number of tasks that this machine can accomplish will surprise you too.  Sure, it’s made to dig trenches but the machine does more than just that.  Replace drain field lines, dig up bothersome tree stumps, or just dig a hole for a septic line.  It’s all possible with the Towable Ride-On Trencher.  And even if that 3 Tooth Trencher Bucket wears out after putting in its time, a replacement trencher bucket is available through Harbor Freight for just $250. image_13124

“This little devil can grip and rip! I purchased it in 2008 and thought I’d kill it off by now. It has a well-balanced design that allowed me to walk it out in soft tidal muck and back out again. Engine always starts easy. An incredible bargain. I’m sorely tempted to buy another one since they are on sale.” – by Greg from Florida “I am so glad I talked myself into purchasing this trencher. I have gotten so much use out of it in just the 2 weeks I have had it. I’ve dug a couple holes in hard ground for the trees my wife bought and I have used it to clear out a bunch of brush.” – by Skoalmt from Eureka, Ca “We have had this trencher for over 7 years and keep finding new uses every day. We have used it for everything from stump removal to digging out footers. Friends and family always want to borrow it and we have no problem letting them since we know it will get the job done. I wish that we had an hour meter on it to prove the amount of use we have gotten:  500 + hours.” – by Brian from Allentown, Pa

This incredible trenching machine gives you the power you need to handle big digging jobs quickly and easily.  A 9 horsepower industrial engine powers the hydraulic pump so you know you’re getting all the leverage you need as you dig up to 7 feet deep.  Plus, with the included hitch coupler, you can easily hook the trencher up to your pickup truck for added portability.  Now you can work without breaking your back OR the bank!  Pick up this behemoth machine for just $2,499.99 and find out for yourself why everyone is raving about the Towable Ride-On Trencher.

A GREAT INVENTION THAT ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT TO MARKET…

Fish FinderThough not always the most practical of people, Bernie Gillespie was a genius when it came to electronics. Growing up, his family was dirt poor and Bernie vowed to do something about it. On his 13th birthday, Bernie set out to create a great invention, one that would bring wealth and prosperity to his family for the rest of their lives. It took him years to barter and purchase any and all electronic equipment he could get his hands on—a transistor here, some wire there… He worked day and night creating diagrams, models, researching and experimenting, but to no avail. He just couldn’t come up with something that hadn’t already been invented. He was at his wit’s end. But then toward the end of the sixth year on his quest to create a great invention, he was awoken in the middle of the night by an “ah-ha” idea—it was if the light of ten-thousand candles had suddenly lit up inside his head. He got up and worked for three days non-stop—no food, no drink, no sleep and only two brief potty breaks.

He finished his invention on his 22nd birthday. His invention was magnificent, state-of-the-art, a triumph of electronic ingenuity. When he unveiled his invention, the locals were very impressed. It was an electronic marvel, the culmination of brilliance, creativity and ingenuity. Bernie Gillespie had invented the Permanent Fish Finder. The problem was Bernie Gillespie was from a family of Mongolian sheep herders who lived smack dab in the middle of the Gobi Desert. There was no bodies of water within hundreds of miles of his village, let alone fish. Being as it was “permanent”, Bernie’s fish finder was of no use to anyone, even those willing to travel hundreds of miles to the East China Sea. As I mentioned earlier, Bernie wasn’t the most practical of people.

No one bought his invention and he almost threw it in a dung heap. But alas, a buyer from Harbor Freight Tools who was ger shopping (“ger” is the Mongolian word for yurt—helpful?) came across the teary-eyed Bernie and his invention. “I just have one small tweak and I think this invention of yours could be a winner!” said the Harbor Freight buyer.

The Portable Fish Finder available at Harbor Freight Tools has a range of 0-90 ft. and a backlit screen for day or night fish viewing. The fish finder shows the fish size, as well as depth and bottom profile. Other features include floating transducer with 35 ft. cable, 45 degree sonar angle, pouch and strap.  Bring the portable fish finder on the boat or use it from a dock with amazingly accurate results. The fish finder runs on  4 AA batteries (sold separately) and also features sound alert and adjustable sensitivity. It’s quite a unique piece of electronic equipment for the casual and serious angler alike—but not quite as unique as a guy named “Bernie Gillespie” from a Mongolian sheep-herding family…

Portable Fish Finder
item#94511

Low Cost Auto Restoration Tools

dazed chevelle Remember back, driving your parents’ station wagon or sensible Buick, dreaming of the cool wheels beyond your reach? Cherry Bomb and header and 4-barrel carb were part of our vernacular, just not part of our lives. It’s funny how, now as we get older, we can do all the cool stuff we wanted to do when we were punk teenagers. We were car crazy, man, and many’s the time I envied the guys in the neighborhood who were out on their front lawns, working on their Dodge Challengers or GTO “Goats”—

—not just because they HAD them (which would have been enough), but because they WORKED on them. They probably borrowed their dads’ tools, saved up working shit jobs to get parts and supplies, and spent Satyurdays doing whatever it took to keep their wheels “cherry.” Nowadays, though, when you hear (and feel) a carb-powered 426 Hemi thundering down the road, it’s a geezer you’re more likely to see behind the wheel than a punk. And chances are, that geezer is one of us. Classic car restoration is more popular than ever, and with the help of online parts stores, chat forums and YouTube videos, guys who thought they’d never get to rebuild their favorite classic rides are now living the dream– in their garages (and on their lawns), doing just that. If you’ve decided to restore a vehicle yourself, I salute you. Not only will you save thousands of dollars, you’ll be embarking on a long, challenging– even therapeutic– journey that will reap rewards for years to come. But before we start doing that victory lap, to “Eye of the Tiger,” let me suggest some basic tools you’ll want right out of the gate to make the dream a reality (unless, of course, you like repeatedly going back & forth to the store when you’re in the middle of doing something): The Must-Have Tool The Air Compressor will quickly become your best friend over the course of your restoration. It’s the first thing you’ll need for your arsenal. Between the Die GrinderPaint Sprayer and Impact Wrench, you’ll get a lot of use out of it and, believe me, you’ll thank yourself every time you facea big chore that you don’t have to do manually. It needs to have a decent enough CFM—at least 5-6 CFM per minute at 90 psi– so that the long bursts of sanding, buffing or cutting won’t wear too hard on the compressor. You could get the job done with a 29-Gallon Tank Unit, but if you can swing it, go for a 60-Gallon Compressor, with power to spare. By the way, the Die Grinder is great for polishing the inside of the head ports, cleaning up metal and using with a cut-off wheel to repair panels. Air power, man… it’s a bacon-saver.

Engine Work Compression Tester will help diagnose vital motor issues, such as worn piston rings, burnt valves and bad head gaskets.  This is a great first tool to use when you get your new project car home. You can even take it with you to test a car before you buy it! While it’s not vital for the project, you may want to consider picking up a “cherry-picker” Engine Hoist, especially if you’re planning to restore more than one vehicle. A good 2-Ton Shop Crane should be sufficient, and will more than pay for itself in the long run. Most likely, you should have the cylinders re-bored. A cylinder bore gauge is needed to check for taper, out-of-round and oversize on the cylinders if you are rebuilding the motor yourself. Any critical wear on the cylinder can be reached with this gauge. An Engine Cylinder Hone will de-glaze the cylinder walls and give them a nice, smooth finish. Next, you’ll want a Valve Spring Compressor to remove the valves for a rebuild. Also a cheap valve lapping tool, with grinding compound, helps reseat the valves. Piston Ring Pliers will help you remove and replace the rings on the pistons without breaking them. A Piston Ring Compressor is needed for the installation of the pistons. Also, a piston groove cleaner will remove the carbon crud from the piston grooves. A Dial Indicator is used to measure run-out on things like the flywheel, and endplay on the crankshaft. While there are various types of mounts, including magnetic base and screw mounts, I recommend the clamping mount because it’s faster and easier to work with. Next, a Stud Puller is necessary for removing stripped, rusted and otherwise stubborn head studs, as well as exhaust & intake manifold studs. Another tool you cannot live without is the Torque Wrench—two, actually. Get both a 1/2″ drive and 3/8″ drive for your tool cabinet. These are essential to torque all your bolts to factory specs. Have a complete Tap and Die Set on hand, preferably with both SAE & metric. You’ll find this invaluable for cleaning up old bolts and restoring rusted holes. A good Digital Micrometer is needed to precisely measure anything.

Body Work MIG Welder. You won’t get through a restoration job without it. Why a MIG welder, as opposed to another type? Well, for starters, if you’re new to this kind of project, the MIG is the easiest to learn. Also, they work with the most common types of metals, overhead welding is easier, and the MIG welder works fast. You’ll also want a Hammer & Dolly Set, otherwise known as a “Body & Fender Set.” These tools go a long way in repairing and straightening steel panels, and all-around custom fab work. This one, made by Pittsburgh, probably has the best price you’re going to find, and one look at the customer reviews should convince you there’s no need to keep looking. A Step Drill is essential to make quick, clean work out of drilling large diameter holes for auto-body jobs such as installing chrome trim, and for firewall holes. A Spot Weld Cutter works great in restoration projects and does just what its name implies. Also, a Plumber’s Torch is great for softening and shaping metal. As you work on your project, you’ll find a Bench Grinder and Drill Press are extremely helpful in the auto restoration process.  Plus, a Wire Wheel on the grinder is a must and makes cleaning up parts quick and simple.

Additional Work Make sure you include various Brake Tools, a Tubing Bender and brake flare tool. Finally, get a CreeperPaint StripperTransmission JackDent Repair Kit, and a Comprehensive Mechanics Tool Kit, and you’ll be equipped to tackle most everything involved in your car restoration, as well as many other future projects. Of course, you’ll inevitably be needing cleaners, sealants, lubricants and the odd part along the way, but consider yourself the proud owner of an equipped auto restoration garage.

gremlin Now, get out there and make that Gremlin Funny Car a reality!

INVALUABLE GARDENING TOOL? GAME OF THRONES WEAPON? BOTH?

Garden Pick PlanterWhether you’re planting a bed of petunias or vying to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, you’ll love the Garden Pick/Planter from Harbor Freight Tools. This mattock-style tiller features a pick at one end and an adze on the other. Featuring a nonslip comfort grip, the pick is great for breaking through hard soil—or the armor of Lannister bannermen. The adze is ideal for digging, cultivating or counter-striking a pike thrust.

So what if you deny wanting to rule the Seven Kingdoms? Not a problem because with the Garden Pick/Planter, you can live among the Wildlings and become the personal gardener of Mance Rayder. You’ll grow vegetables for Mance and your Freefolk clan. With your gardening skills, you’ll feed the poor, eliminating the need to scale the Wall and pillage the towns of the North. With no reason to battle, you’ll finally be at peace with the Night’s Watch. In fact, they’ll buy your vegetables. When the White Walkers come, you can offer them freshly grown butternut squash. For some reason, the White Walkers love butternut squash. And now that the White Walkers are your friends, the undead wights will be on your side as well.

As luck would have it, Mance Rayder has nut allergies and you forgot to tell him about the almonds in the Romesco sauce. With Mance out of the way, you’ll then become ruler of the Wildlings. Using the Garden Pick/Planter, you grow beautiful daffodils, which you send to Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons, as a gift. She’s so taken by your flowers that she agrees to marry you. You then become the Stepfather of Dragons. With the remaining heir of King Aerys II as your wife, her dragons, the Unsullied, Storm Crows and Second Sons on your side as well as the Wildings, White Walkers and wights, you make a direct assault on King’s Landing and by dinner time, you’re sitting on the Iron Throne ruling the Seven Kingdoms, which is really what you wanted all along but denied earlier because you didn’t want to come across as “greedy”. You’re a just and benevolent ruler so modesty be damned! You rule the known world! And all because of the Garden Pick/Planter from Harbor Freight Tools.

Garden Pick/Planter
Item#: 69793

Tale of the Tape

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the most effective.  Any do-it-yourselfer knows how essential tough, reliable tape can be and no self-respecting handyman would be caught without it.  Duct tape and electrical tape both are two indispensable items that you can never have enough of.  And, when it comes to high quality expendables, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need.  Whether it’s traditional duct tape or electrical tape, with these handy items, you’ll be able to handle any sticky situation.

There’s no denying that duct tape is one of the most versatile and useful tools in the world.  If you don’t have a roll somewhere in your toolbox or garage, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in a tight spot at one point or another and wish you did.  For just $4.29, you can pick up a big roll of 2” x 50 Yard Cloth Back Silver Duct Tape (or 4 rolls for $14.99) and be ready for just about anything.  From the more traditional uses like repairing air ducts and handling small household projects to more unique applications like patching a hole in a tarp or fixing broken hoses, duct tape can be a life-saver as well as just unbelievably useful.

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“Incredibly strong, durable and very long lasting. I can honestly say it is the best duct tape I have ever used.” – by PRIMETIME from Houston, Tx

“I recently bought a roll of this tape and I am really impressed with its performance. It sticks as good as duct tape costing two times the price.” – by ironduke from Parts Unknown

So what about you electricians out there?  Need to stock up on electrical tape?  Of course you do because this stuff is the cousin of duct tape and just as important to have on hand.  Heavy duty electrical tape not only provides insulation for wiring jobs but also handles other tasks in a pinch.  With a tight grip and the ability to conform to sharp contours, electrical tape is pretty handy as just regular old tape too.  How many rolls of 60’ x 3/4″ Industrial Grade Electrical Tape do you think you could get for $4.99?  How about 10?  Only Harbor Freight sticks by that kind of deal.

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“I recently had to cut open some wire looms I’d taped up a few years back to move some harnesses and I noticed how well this stuff held up under the hood, through Michigan winters and salt. It’s about time to buy more so I figured I’d go ahead and review it. I like it!” – by EvilSteve from Warren, MI

You don’t have to be a professional grade contractor or run a repair shop to benefit from duct tape or electrical tape.  These are items that anyone should have readily available, just in case.  Even if they don’t provide a permanent solution, reliable tape can solve lots of problems temporarily and allow you to get some professional help if necessary.  But, if you like to handle things yourself, don’t hesitate to load up on this terrific tape.

SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER SEE BRAD PITT WEAR…

Magnifier Head Strap With LightsLet’s face it, certain hobbies won’t exactly woo the opposite sex. You never hear about fly-fishing groupies or transistor repair hangers-on. And you never will. But that’s okay because you know who you are—you’re a hobbyist damn it and function reigns supreme! Take the Magnifier Head Strap With Lights from Harbor Freight Tools for example. This magnifier head strap fits over regular spectacles or safety glasses and features flip-up lenses that can be changed among four magnification levels: 1.8x, 2.3x, 3.7x, and 4.8x. The head strap features a vinyl headband with soft contoured padding and is adjustable for a comfortable fit. The head strap also has dual lights on both sides, with independent switches for convenience.

Practical for sure, but wearing it will make you look like Bryce and Clyde from Sixteen Candles. In other words, Brad Pitt wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one, but then again, who’d want to be Brad Pitt with his beautiful wife, successful acting career and millions of dollars in the bank? Let me rephrase that. Brad Pitt be damned! Good looks, talent and money aren’t going to magnify a poorly soldered connection on a circuit board. And at the end of the day when Death knocks on your door, if you open it wearing the Magnifier Head Strap With Lights, Death may start laughing so hard that you may be able to buy yourself some extra time. When Death comes for Brad Pitt, well…

Magnifier Head Strap With Lights
Item#38896